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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does his mind wander?

2. What does the protagonist vow?

3. What does the protagonist do when Kathleen attempts to start a conversation?

4. What horrifies the boy?

5. Why does he believe his grandmother is waiting outside?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the protagonist vow? What ends his memory?

2. Why does the protagonist begin to tell the stranger his story?

3. What is the protagonist's memory about his grandmother?

4. What happens when Kathleen tries to talk to the protagonist?

5. To what does the title refer?

6. After his memory, what does he have a strong desire to do?

7. Describe the memory that is triggered by the hamburger.

8. To whom does he run in this memory? What does this person do?

9. Describe the story and the main character.

10. Describe the scene between the protagonist and the stranger.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Section 8, the main character realizes he must leave Kathleen.

Part 1) How does he come to this realization?

Part 2) Predict Kathleen's reaction to this news. Use the text to support your response.

Part 3) What takes place after he decides to leave her? What is the connection between this event and his decision to end the relationship?

Essay Topic 2

The novel ends with the main character crying.

Part 1) For what is he shedding tears?

Part 2) Is he healed? Why or why not?

Part 3) Will his relationships with others be different now, after the destruction of the painting? Why or why not?

Part 4) Will he reconcile with Kathleen? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Kathleen tells the doctor that she loves the protagonist, and the doctor replies that sometimes love is stronger than prayer.

Part 1) What does this foreshadow?

Part 2) Do you agree with the doctor? Why or why not?

Part 3) How is this love destructive? Why is it destructive?

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